Salford University’s Centre for Construction Innovation, in partnership with the Universities of Liverpool and Central Lancashire, Urban Vision and the Building Research Establishment, has secured funding to set up the new Construction Knowledge Hub.
The Construction Knowledge Hub will dispense free, independent, market-leading advice to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the North West construction sector looking to increase competitiveness and productivity, and reduce environmental impacts.
The project will establish links between the region’s Higher Education Institutes and local construction companies to develop innovative products, services and construction practices to help the companies build capacity to become more profitable, more productive and economically stable.
It will also encourage construction companies to adopt sustainable approaches in design and delivery, helping to minimise waste, maximise recycling and reduce carbon emissions at all stages of the construction process.
This will enable the North West construction sector to respond to the opportunities and threats posed by climate change and comply with the increasing amount of sustainability regulations.
The Construction Knowledge Hub is forecasted to reduce annual CO2 emissions, and create 300 jobs whilst safeguarding a further 300 jobs in creating a ‘knowledge net’ of in-depth support and assistance.
Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Regional Economic Development and Coordination said:
"Business innovation and lowering carbon emissions must be key elements in a successful economic future. I am pleased to see the Northwest leading the way in promoting both.
"The Construction Knowledge Hub is a valuable chance for construction companies across the region to save money and become more profitable through better efficiency and waste reduction - something which is critical in the current economic climate.”
Businesses wishing to access the programme should contact Business Link Northwest on 0845 00 66 888 or at www.businesslinknw.co.uk
Posted under Construction on 18 September 2009